Is Julio Cesar Chavez Interested In Fighting Oscar De La Hoya Again?
Julio Cesar Chavez is all ears when it comes to Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback plans.
De La Hoya hasn’t competed inside the boxing ring since December 6, 2008. He was defeated by Manny Pacquiao. After the fight, De La Hoya announced his retirement. He’s had great success as a promoter with Golden Boy Promotions but he’s getting that itch to compete again.
De la Hoya told ESPN’s Steve Kim the following.
“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” De La Hoya said. “It’s a real fight. I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”
Chavez has also felt the desire to compete again. He is scheduled to have an exhibition bout with fellow Mexican boxing legend Jorge Arce on September 25. Chavez’s son will also compete on that night in a pro bout against Mario Abel Cazares.
When asked by ESPN whether or not he’d be open to fighting De La Hoya one more time, Chavez said the following.
“It would be the last exhibition I would do. But I want to do it in front of fans, not without. I want everyone to see the [beating] I’m going to give him.”
On June 7, 1996, Chavez had his first outing with De La Hoya. Chavez put the WBC Light-Welterweight Title on the line. He was stopped by De La Hoya in the fourth round via TKO. In their September 18, 1998 rematch, De La Hoya again emerged victorious, this time via RTD after Chavez didn’t make it out for the ninth round.